|Birth: ||May 15, 1920|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 2013|
New Hampshire, USA
Madelene Whipple died peacefully, surrounded by her family on January 16, 2013 in Claremont, NH. Maddy was born at home in Windsor, VT on May 15, 1920, the daughter of Elliston Fortune Colburn and Alfred Joseph (AJ) Colburn.
Maddy grew up on a farm in Jenneville, near Hartland Four Corners, VT with her 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She attended a one-room school there and went on to graduate in the class of 1938 from Windsor High School.
During World War II, when both of her brothers and many of her friends were scattered around the world in the military, she worked at Goodyear making life jackets for the war effort. After the war, when men came back to their jobs, she was invited to work in the office where she gained skills she would use later in life.
In 1948 she married Norman Whipple of Ascutney, VT. At that time they bought a home in the woods on the outskirts of Claremont, NH where they would raise their family of 5 children. Norm was employed by the Claremont Paper Company until 1964 when he and Maddy started their own paper business, Whipple Paper Converters, Inc.
Maddy was a strong and devoted mother. She was an avid cook, sewed many of the clothes for her family and encouraged her 5 children to try new things and be the best they could be. Spending many days at the ski area in winter and on the lake in summer, Maddy was always supporting her children and providing all the necessities, although she didn't ski or swim herself.
In 1978 she became a Grandmother, a role she took to quite naturally becoming Grammy to 7 children she loved dearly.
She enjoyed volunteering, especially at the Disnard school, making apple pies for the Ladies Union Aide Society and working on Daffodil Days for the American Cancer Society.
Her personal strength was a remarkable quality. She endured her mother's early death, the death of her oldest son Gary in Vietnam in 1968, and the early death of her husband at the age of 52 in 1975.
She survived breast cancer twice. But her friends would most likely characterize her as a woman with a quick sense of humor and determined independence. She was a Yankee, brought up on a farm through the depression. She had many stories to tell and was always ready to go!
Maddy was predeceased by her husband, Norman, her son Gary, two brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her son Brian and fiancÚ Cathy Thompson of Claremont, daughter Judi and husband Fred Danforth of Lincoln, VT, son Dana and his wife Beth of Georges Mills, NH, and son Jay and his wife Anne of Claremont. Her grandchildren Sadie Danforth Brightman, Bay Danforth Jackson, Aaron Whipple, Taylor, Alex, Hannah and Sydney Whipple and five great grandchildren, Lila and Carina Brightman and Zealand, Scarlett and Magnolia Jackson.
All are invited to share in a celebration of Maddy's life will be held at New Socials Restaurant in Claremont on January 21.
Norman A Whipple (1923 - 1975)*
Gary Norman Whipple (1948 - 1968)*
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Janice Prichard
Record added: Jan 18, 2013
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